Phillies RHP Morton leaves game with hamstring injury


Philadelphia Phillies’ Maikel Franco leaps as he rounds third after hitting a three-run home run off Milwaukee Brewers’ Chase Anderson during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Milwaukee. The Phillies leadoff hitter walked twice and now has 17 free passes this season after getting just 28 walks in 147 games as a rookie a year ago. His on-base percentage is up to.

Philadephia’s Odubel Herrera, who had drawn at least one walk over seven consecutive games, reached base just once, on a single, in five at-bats, but managed to extend his on-base streak to 14 games, the second-longest of his career. Jonathan Lucroy is playing pretty well also, with 17 hits and eight runs.

Herrera has been effective working the count against opposing pitchers. The more pitches that I see the more pitches my teammates see. That said, Anderson’s last outing was a stinker with five runs (four earned) and 11 hits in five innings on Monday against the Twins. Franco had snapped out of a 3-for-29 funk Friday night with a three-hit effort that included a pair of home runs.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the first on Chris Carter’s run-scoring single.

“It was like my leg went dead”, he said.

Ryan Braun had a two-run homer and Chris Carter hit a solo shot for Milwaukee, which pulled within a run in the eighth. The Phillies (7-9) have dropped his last six outings, though they’ve only provided him with eight runs of support.

He surrendered a two-run homer to Maikel Franco in the fifth, which proved to be his undoing.

“I’ve been in a tough slump”, Franco said. “Most of the time I throw from my knee. He’s done an excellent job driving in runs”, manager Craig Counsell said. “On a given day if I can’t use Gomez, I feel comfortable using Hinojosa and Neris”. “A lot of guys work so much on going to the opposite field”. He remained in the game. “We’ll put ice on it.”… Lough has hit in every game he’s appeared in. With two on and two out in the top of the first, Gennett made a diving backhanded stop on a hard hit groundball from Cameron Rupp.

Phillies: Charlie Morton (1-1, 3.86 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season.

The right-hander struggled to hit his spots, allowing three walks, seven hits and a career-high seven runs in five innings of an 8-1 home loss to Washington. Eickhoff, who made his major league debut last August, has never faced Milwaukee. Heading into Friday’s game, the Phillies had lost 21 of their last 27 meetings with NL Central opponents, including all seven of their meetings with Milwaukee last season….

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